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Semi-OT: "Has No One Been Killed at a Gun Show, Thus Proving Guns Don’t Kill People?"
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l***@yahoo.com
2019-11-04 16:29:48 UTC
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Answer: People HAVE been killed by accident at gun shows!

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/gun-show-deaths-injuries/




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J.D. Baldwin
2019-11-04 19:25:31 UTC
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Post by l***@yahoo.com
Answer: People HAVE been killed by accident at gun shows!
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/gun-show-deaths-injuries/
This is why people take Snopes less and less seriously nowadays.

The "meme" makes the point that guns do not in and of themselves pose
any threat to anyone. It tries to counter the common "magical
thinking" trope that a way to reduce gun deaths (which are diverse
events with wildly differing etiologies) is to remove guns from the
situation, period. One sees this foolishness often in, say,
politicians.

If that notion had any merit, then gun shows, where there are a
SHITLOAD of guns just sitting out for anyone to come up and touch,
pick up, handle, etc.[1] ought to be veritable death traps. Yet many
millions of Americans go to gun shows every year, and gun shows have
been a thing for decades -- and out of maybe something like 100
million or more attendees, Snopes can adduce *two* firearm deaths
inside gun shows ever, both of which are directly attributable to
multiple instances of human stupidity. That is in fact a strong
argument against the idea that guns are somehow inherently dangerous
in and of themselves.

[1] It's universal or nearly so that you aren't *allowed* to handle
firearms at a dealer's table in a gun show without his permission
and supervision, but as a practical matter you certainly *could*
dash up to such a table and scoop up a rifle (say) before he could
do anything about it.
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